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Posted by Marilyn Cole 10 months ago

Educators are regularly reported as belonging to the one of the most stressful occupations. The effects of stress are leading to low teacher retention rates and a high prevalence of burnout. There has to be a better way! How can teachers set about reducing their feelings of burnout and improve motivation and work engagement?

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Posted by Gail Staples 10 months ago

The Richard Johnson lecture, an activity of the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX), was delivered on March 14th, 2018. The lecture series ‘seeks to highlight Christianity’s relevance to society and positively contribute to public discourse on key aspects of civil life’.

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 10 months ago

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is about four times more important than IQ in determining professional success (Burns, Chapman & Guthrie, p.103). It affects the capacity for self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management (Burns, Chapman & Guthrie, p.103). It is a combination of EQ self, EQ others and Cultural Intelligence (CQ).

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 10 months ago

‘Self-care is never a selfish act … it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we listen to true self and give it the care it truly requires, we do so not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch’ (Palmer, P., Let Your Life Speak, quoted in Burns, Chapman & Guthrie, p.55).

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 10 months ago

Hardships are the most important element in leadership development (Burns, Chapman & Guthrie, p.47).

The Oxford dictionary defines hardship as something that is difficult to endure and one of the causes of suffering.

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 11 months ago

Q: Consider the degree to which work is the source of your hope, joy, emotional energy, support and success.

Life and work in a school are consuming. As teachers and life-long learners there is always something new to try in our classroom – a better kind of formative assessment, a new type of questioning, a new interactive app to liven up our lessons.

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Posted by Gail Staples 11 months ago

The launch of the 2018 Anglican Schools/Youthworks College and EdComm Internship program

Many Anglican schools and colleges have expressed the need for more committed and high quality Christian people to join the teaching profession and contribute to the exciting task of building into the lives of students - the next generation of adults. This aligns with the EdComm goal of encouraging Christians to consider teaching as a vocation.

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Posted by Peter White 11 months ago

There’s nothing that strikes more fear into most than knowing you have to have a difficult conversation with someone. For teachers these conversations are unavoidable, whether it be with a student, parent or another staff member. Most people seem to struggle to step into these situations with any degree of confidence, least of all with the hope of resolution and a positive outcome. So how can we have difficult conversations that are mutually edifying and resolve any tensions or difficulty?

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 11 months ago

What do teaching and pastoral ministry have in common?

Neither teaching or pastoral ministry are just a job. Both are a vocation or calling for the Christian. Both embrace a big picture that requires the person to have vision and expertise that can put that vision into practice, whether in the context of the church or the school.

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Posted by Peter White 11 months ago

‘As professions, Teaching and Nursing tend to be at the top of the scale when it comes to lack of self-care.’ (Said by a Clinical Psychologist at an AIS seminar some years ago.) I’ve never forgotten this statement and I’ve always grappled with how we can improve this situation for teachers.

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